Earlier this summer I interviewed Michael Wasser, the founder of Raveld, located near Amazon's Seattle headquarters. Raveld's elevator pitch is "clear and concise cloud costs." I enjoyed speaking with Michael to learn about his product and how it uses AWS:
Michael built Raveld after finding that his consulting customers were exceeding their cloud computing budgets due to a lack of insight into the resources they were using and what those resources were used for.
He runs the entire site on four EC2 instances. Interestingly enough, two of the instances (one front end and one back end) are acquired on the EC2 Spot market. The total cost of the four instances and an Elastic Load Balancer is less than $300 per month. Michael told me that "Without AWS, we wouldn't be able to do this with such a shoestring budget."
Watch the video to learn more!